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Lunch 135

By SimonFletch  
Greetings all and thank you for your Votes and Comments on 'Lunch 134 - The Brimstone Canary'.

I think we have been having a little bit too much sun, up here in Scotland. It's certainly affected our Mick.... "Looks like a set of false teeth it has in its mouth..... If they are, I would be changing my dentist, for the shocking fit ....!!" Andrew, living in Singapore, obviously gets way too much sun, agreed with him, referring to the Canary as a "....'toothy' bird". Have neither of you heard of 'hen's teeth'...? 'Rare as....'? No flippin' birds have teeth, never mind falsies... I prescribe a long lie down, in a darkened room, for you both ..!!

At least I'm back in Carol's good books, the Brimstone Canary being a seed-eater. I'm not repeating the racist remark Jeff made - I don't want to lose all my Antipodean friends Wink Actually, the term 'Antipodean' has an interesting history. A group of Australian artists named themselves such, way back in the 1950's and the term has stuck, grouping both Australians and New Zealanders. The word 'Antipodes' came from the Greek 'anti' being 'opposing' and 'pous' being 'foot'. Geographically, the antipodes of any place on Earth is the point on the Earth's surface which is diametrically opposite to it. Here endeth the lesson ..!!

Today's 'Lunch'
You need to believe me, when I tell you that this Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling was eating fruit, not insects, high up in an Acacia tree Wink

Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis chalybaeus), a small, 9" (23cm) bird, found in the Kenyan highlands, Masai Mara and other 'pockets'. Large, by Starling standards, its yellow-orange eyes are a distinctive feature.

The Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling can be a bit of a bully in the company of other birds, especially when they have discovered a food source. They eat insects, seeds and fruit, especially figs - mostly insects, taken on the ground.

Their call is a memorable "pa-a-at", like a screetching old woman, whose husband's name is Pat...!

Have a Happy Birthday, Prince Philip ...!


Tags: Bird Lunch Eating Wildlife and nature Olare Orok Conservancy Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling

Voters: LynneJoyce, CarolG, Andysnapper and 27 more

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LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 6:06AM
WOW, another source of fashion inspiration from you Simon, this one's gloriously iridescent feathering is reminiscent of a pair of patent leather shoes in the happy days when I was allowed to wear instep stabbers. Love that glorious yellow eye too. Excellent shot of this fine, handsome fellow.

Beat you to it today Simon. I have uploaded 15 shots of insects having 'Lunch' but I wouldn't dream of pinching a title that you have claimed as your own!
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
10 Jun 2014 6:10AM
What a stunning image, Simon, the sheen on his plumage is so beautiful. And he's a fruit eater, too, great to hear Wink Carol
Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
10 Jun 2014 6:28AM
Excellent shot Simon...and wow that's one shiny bird. I believe the word is iridescence but as I can't spell it I won't be using it. Grin
Super image Simon,beautiful feather colour love yellow eye,our starling are a bit like that when there is food about.

NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 7:26AM
Stunning iridescence...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
10 Jun 2014 7:33AM
Wow. He sure is shiny and iridescent, great fun and informative write up.
Have a good day.
Patty SmileSmile
10 Jun 2014 7:38AM
Excellent Simon, great detail,
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
10 Jun 2014 8:12AM
I couldn't help thinking of carrion flies as its main diet before reading your info, Simon. What a coloring of the feathers and of the eye! Superb capture!
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
10 Jun 2014 9:48AM
Eastenders get everywhere!!!!!!!

Looks like a Bluebottle fly GrinGrin
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 11:15AM
Very impressive Simon
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 11:31AM
Lovely shiny feathers Simon! As for that bright eye... Hum Hum! NICE! Grin
ChiliMan 14 135 17 Singapore
10 Jun 2014 2:23PM
With that eye, especially, it's got a very Tim Burton face! Corpse Birde. Cooool Smile

Incredible plumage. Looks like shiny metal plates. Robocorpse Birde. Hmm...might be melding too many movies together now...


PS Seriously superb capture, by the way!
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 3:46PM
He's a Bobby Dazzler, all Starlings seem to be bullies , great image,

Ali GrinGrin
10 Jun 2014 4:04PM
Very impressive Simo and the colour of its plumage really amazing!!!
JuBarney Plus
10 33 5 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 5:28PM
A terrific capture of that magnificent colour
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
10 Jun 2014 7:41PM
I think chilli man Andrew got it spot on its a cracking film if you haven't seen it old boy well worth watching, as for the bird up to the usual high class photography we have come to expect look forward to the nectar one . ( ps will upload again soon )
The pirate
Bantu 7 7 1 India
11 Jun 2014 4:40AM
Simon,beautiful colour,beautiful closeup.
viscostatic 14 50 11 United Kingdom
11 Jun 2014 8:03AM
Beautiful rendition of the plumage here Simon.

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 775 England
15 Jun 2014 10:31PM
It is that iridescent plumage that's the standout feature, and you've captured it very well.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
16 Jul 2014 10:43PM
Wow those beautiful irridescent colours in the plumage have bene captured beautifully. A really glossy and showy bird indeed

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